UNICEF USA and S’well

A Brighter Future for Children

At S’well, we understand the growing challenges facing the world’s children -- from climate change and natural disasters to violence and gender equality. Nearly 800 children still die every day due to unsafe drinking water and by 2040, 1 in 4 children will live in areas of extreme water stress. Women and girls collectively spend about 200 million hours a day gathering water, which is precious time spent away from school and learning.

Together, S’well and UNICEF are working to change this.

Since our inception, we have strived to help build a world where every child is safe from harm and able to fulfill their potential. That’s why, we are supporting UNICEF’s water program in Madagascar, a country where nearly 50% of the population still lack access to clean water, to improve access to sustainable water sources, promote safe hygiene practices in schools, and help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.

With support from partners like S’well, UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Program in Madagascar has helped, since 2015:

  • 500,000 people gain access to safe and sustainable water sources
  • 2.5 million people gain access to basic sanitation
  • 340,000 children with hygiene education at school


This progress has helped UNICEF reach more children, like the student Parfaitne, so they can stay in school and continue to thrive! But, our work isn’t done!

S’well is committed to helping UNICEF and its partners provide an additional 200,000 people with safe and sustainable water services and improve WASH standards for 500 schools by the end of 2019. Join us this holiday season to support UNICEF’s life-saving work. It Starts With U! To donate and learn more, visit UNICEF USA

Parfaitine and her friends washing their hands at Ankazomisampa Primary School in Madagascar. With support from partners like S'well, UNICEF built a water point connection, hand washing devices, ceramic filters and latrines for her school. @UNICEF Madagascar/2017/Raherinandrasana

Last year, Forbes shared thoughts from S’well Founder and CEO Sarah Kauss on the importance of supporting this initiative:

S'well Bottle CEO - Sarah KaussWhy is the water crisis so important to you and S’well?

SARAH KAUSS: I grew up with access to clean water. I didn’t have to worry about spending my days walking to find drinkable water. I was able to attend school and was taught early on the importance of good hygiene and sanitation best practices. But not everyone is as fortunate.

Women in Africa spend 40 billion hours a year walking to find clean water. Young children, and particularly girls as they mature, spend less time in school because of a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation facilities. This means less education, less independence and less opportunity to reach their full potential. Knowing that we can have a direct impact on changing these stats, humanizing this issue and helping others get involved with simple acts means the world to me.

UNICEF stands out as a globally recognized partner that provides measurable results. We can prove the impact we’re having together. We can show the before and after. We can create awareness, and perhaps even inspire others to take action as well. This is important to me and my team, and I believe important to our customers...To read more, please go to Forbes.

To support UNICEF’s efforts around the world, please visit UNICEF USA.